I’m becoming a rural flaneur. Between projects I roam around meadows and forests, between the river and the beach, noticing things and making connections, looking for trends. The challenge will be to align my projects with these seasonal wanderings, to align my inner state with my surroundings, which I see as an ideal state of comfort. Somehow this is easier in an urban environment, more passive a process. Culture is oddly more familiar than nature, which I tend to approach the same as I would a new neighborhood or friendship. I’m treating nature like culture. Spending time this way in a ‘natural’ environment is a lot like learning a new language or living in a foreign city.
The Pacific madrone has new growth. (Arbutus menziesii)
Our camellia bushes are beginning to blossom. (Camellia cultivar)